The Bruins announced that Horton is moving his arms and legs after a frightening hit by Canucks defenseman Aaron Rome left him laid out on the ice, motionless. Horton was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital, and the team said he’s moving his extremities. That got a standing ovation from the crowd when it was posted on the scoreboard.
“It’s a tough thing to swallow right now,” Julien said. “Our spirits are OK. I heard guys saying, ‘Let’s do it for Horty.’ So we’re good to go.”
Horton had just passed the puck to Milan Lucic and was coming over the blue line when Rome lowered a shoulder into him and knocked him backward. Horton, who appeared to hit his head on the ice, lay motionless, with his right arm in the air, as trainers rushed to attend to him.
Rome was called over to the penalty box, then ushered off the ice with a major for interference and a game misconduct.
The crowd gasped when the replay was shown on the scoreboard.
The Canucks have the same guys out there as in Game 2. That means Dan Hamhuis is out, and former Bruin Andrew Alberts is in on defense.
Hamhuis missed his second straight game after hurting himself delivering a check on Milan Lucic midway through Game 1.
Also in the lineup for Vancouver is Manny Malhotra, who had been out since March 16 after taking a puck to the face and having two operations on his left eye. The team thought his season was over, but he returned to practice three weeks ago and returned for Game 2.
He took the opening faceoff and lost it to Patrice Bergeron.
The Bruins have shaken up the lineup a bit in an effort to get more scoring.